James’s Blog: Annual Review

This post marks the first year anniversary of The Listening Book blog. I’ve been scribbling on this page once a week for a whole year now. It would be a good time to stop and reflect on what’s happened over the past twelve months, but I’m not going to do that. “What has happened in the past year?” is a good question, but a more important one is “Am I a better man than I was this time last year?”

Life is anything but predictable, and for many of us it can seem like a riding a roller-coaster with the lights out. We have no idea what’s coming next, we’re just hanging on for dear life. Judging whether or not you’ve had a good year based on whether or not good things have happened to you is a recipe for disappointment. You’re surrendering your mental well-being to things that you can’t control. But being a disciple is something you do have control over, so why not judge your year based on that? A good year is any year in which you have grown as a follower of Jesus, regardless of what circumstance has brought your way. If you hold on to that, then every year can be a good year.

Ask yourself this: “Am I growing?”

If the answer is “Yes” then all is right with the world.